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GuardUPDATE: Make sure to read the entire post, for the first part is misleading.

Monday, President Bush is going to give a 15 to 20 minute speech on security among other subjects. He's not made a firm stance on the immigration issue, except for the legalization of some 12 million illegal aliens. Conservatives are screaming that he mustn't legalize 12 million illegal immigrants, while the liberals are screaming that he must legalize these people. I'm not for booting these people out of the country, because it would be utterly impossible to do so, and it would be wrong. However, I do not like the fact that people from Mexico can just walk across the border and become a US citizen, while so many other individuals actually have to learn English and go through the INS bureaucracy.

Bush, locked in a test of wills with some conservatives furious at his support for legalizing some illegal immigrants, will stand firm in his support for a guest-worker program and his opposition to a mass deportation of the estimated 12 million immigrants in the country, the official said.

The White House is asking major television networks for live coverage of the 15 to 20 minute speech at 8 p.m. EDT on Monday.

The president supports attempts in the Senate to pass a measure that legalizes the status of some illegal immigrants while also beefing up borders rather than a version passed in the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives that would focus on security, a bill that has drawn the ire of immigrant communities.

Senate leaders this week agreed to try to reconsider a broad immigration measure after an earlier deadlock.

A Defense Department official said the Pentagon was considering options for possibly sending troops or equipment to help with security on the U.S.-Mexican border.

In Arizona, the state that sees the most crossings by illegal immigrants, pressure is growing from conservative quarters to take tougher action.

The Minutemen, a citizens' border patrol group, have vowed to begin erecting a fence in southern Arizona on May 27 unless Bush sends National Guard troops to the porous border.

Now, I know what you are thinking, "They can't just hop across the border, for it is a very treacherous path for them to take". Yes, that may be true, but don't you think that it's a hell of a lot easier to cross over land, than it is to cross oceans. Personally, I hope he does send the National Guard down to the border. After all, Mexicans are not the only ones crossing the border. Don't you think that terrorist from other countries could pay Vicente Fox to look the other way.

Star Spangled Banner in Spanish


English-Original Version

O say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

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Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Spanish Version Translated into English

Verse 1

The day is breaking, do you see it? In the light of the dawn?

What we so acclaimed at nightfall?

Its stars, its stripes,

flew yesterday

In the fierce battle

in a sign of victory,

The glow of battle, in step with liberty

At night they said: “It’s being defended!”

Chorus:

Oh say!

The voice of your starry beauty

is still unfolding

Over the land of the free

The sacred flag?

Verse 2

Its stars, its stripes,

Freedom, we are equal

We are brothers, in our anthem.

In the fierce combat in a sign of victory

The glow of battle, in step with liberty

My people keep fighting

It’s time to break the chains

At night they said: “It’s being defended!”

Oh say! Your starry beauty is still unfolding.

No, I did not translate that myself, nor did I Google it. Do you see my point? Totally different meaning. The Star Spangled Banner was written after the War of 1812. This Spanish version does not have the same significance or meaning as the original. Sure things change, but we are talking about the history of America, for if these people succeed, the fabric and essence of America and what it stands for will be lost. Us Americans have gotten lazy, it is time for us to stand up and change things, instead of complaining. I'm sick of whiners. Do something with you life. Don't ever expect anything from anybody. What's your say?

These people may scare you with their threatening to quit working the agricultural fields of America, which would make vegetable and fruit prices skyrocket, but I don't care, because I have a garden every year. I'm a country boy, so not much scares me. I'm not scared by these tactics...

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